Better than the first game. Each character is in-depth and feels like you get to know them first hand and how they feel and went through. The combat controls are easy to learn in about an hour to get use to. The planet exploration does seem tedious but is the only way to get resources to better ship, armor, biotic, techs, and weapons. Haven't played the whole game yet, but so far so good. If kept your Mass Effect 1 character you start with more resources which is a plus to start the game. Old characters pop up and your old team you find out what they are up to. The controls work well and haven't had any problem with them so far. Larger enemy battles keep you on your toes during battle and how to direct your two team mates to finish the battle fast and quick. You have to think more and decide which is best approach in each situation. Mostly its duck and cover and use those biotics and techs. The characters you get for your team are rich in story and each are a bit twisted in how there story is told. Still have that romance by being cozy with a team mate but who has the time to start a romance when going after the Collectors. Will review when finished with the game as been playing eight hours a day.